I just want a child-free chat about things that aren't anime or porn.Then make one.
have better prospectsThis is a pretty amusing premise, don't you think?
So yeah, so called "normies" like me are like leeches.I've been calling human beings parasitoids for years
without any of the problemsThe microblog implementations (other than Mastodon) are great, but the culture is generally awful no matter where you go. One claim about the Fediverse is that it has much more "real" communities since they aren't manipulated by corporate interest like that of twitter, but keeping those communities together only makes them even worse, in the ways that they are already bad on other forms of social media. I've used Fedi exclusively for two years, and the degree of childishness and complete lack of self awareness maintained by the majority of users is legitimately exhausting.
Also a depressing lack of individuation, so much of the behavior is the same stuff cycled for monthsThis applies to most things. Everyone is the same online and have been for a while. It has gotten boring but maybe I just grew up and don't find repetition amusing anymore.
Most who would do things like that are on different protocols anyway for privacy.You're giving them too much credit unless it's pigeon and sneaker networking. There is a minority that tries still.
Maybe textboards are the future of anon internet culture.Careful, remember what happened when that was used on imageboards.
Quality of posts often comes inversely proportionated to how fast the posting is.Moreover, when you don't type real-time you usually have more time to think your thoughts out.
I'm still a bit skeptical about this since images can add a lot of value, but mostly it's just noise.
No images would mean no porn or avatarfagging
who would keep sexual deviant groomers away.Can you really do that kind of stuff on an anonymous imageboard? The only example I can think of was this bad /r9k/ trans psy-op cult, but they invited people to a Discord server and didn't use porn for recruitment...
Now the real challenge is how to build the community, so far I think the best method is to start with a very niche topic to discuss (like some obscure anime) and build upon it.
Security by obscurity, as some anon mentioned above, is the better method.
a better topic would be some creative hobby rather than something you just passively consume
I'm also hoping for a return to html personal sites, neocities style.
A more decentralized internet would be exciting.
eventually, the subject of the board's existence will be discussed to deathThis is very true, even the forums about Chris Chan either became about other weirdos or their personal lives. Communities need to be able to evolve or have some broader topic, even /m/ has accepted discussing sci-fi/cyberpunk in general rather than just mecha anime because of how long-lived the community is and everything old has already been discussed and or hasn't been translated.
Neo-meguca gets it right - you somehow have to discover the right domain for it, get used to the controls, lurk enough not to make a fool of yourself, pass some anime-based CAPTCHA etc.
I only wish it was federated in some way.There is (was?) a webring when 8chan first died. The problem with federating sites like imageboards is that the administration/userbases of such sites get ornery about each-other because of the different philosophies they have.
What happened?Aside from the big boards becoming shitty they just sort of fizzled out, Probably because the teens who ran them grew up. Not a message board but http://www.baka-updates.com/ is a good example of this happening to a lot of the 2000s imageboard-wapanese crowd.
As well, the Baka-Updates team continued to grow older. An increase in responsibilities with work and new families meant that we could not commit as much time into maintaining the website. Therefore we have decided it is the right time to shut down.
The board itself changes URLs and is found so often because it is designed to be linked to.
It also essentially just a discord server that occasionally talks about 4chan metaNah, not only. They have a pretty good community with groupwatches and events, discuss a fair share of their own board culture (also related to r/a/dio)... the topics vary from history to coding, and it's all on /a/.
Most of the old guard has already fucked off to discordI recall someone saying the spin-off Discords that some namefags made in anger were mostly dead. Besides, is the old guard better? Their community right now isn't the worst.
There is (was?) a webring when 8chan first died. The problem with federating sites like imageboards is that the administration/userbases of such sites get ornery about each-other because of the different philosophies they have.There still is, but some 8chan splinters (e.g. /late/) aren't hosted on anon.cafe nor julay.world, and as such sometimes don't end up being part of the Cross-Chan Alliance/Imageboard Federation.
Not a message board but http://www.baka-updates.com/ is a good example of this happening to a lot of the 2000s imageboard-wapanese crowd.
but if this is pushed as an artificial barrier it only increases the chance that those elitist start growingAnd half of the discussion will be about how to get the damned system to work.
incorrectly handling meta kills.A lot of people are turned off by meta it seems. For non-imageboards people talk about how they could never get into Mastodon because half of the discussion is about the software and federations itself.
HongfireDamn, I remember downloading 3DCG stuff from there. Good times. Poking around, it looks like it succumbed to bots and went down and the owner didn't bother.
I recall someone saying the spin-off Discords that some namefags made in anger were mostly dead.Mostly. There are some that are still alive because of how many were made. There's even a "true" discord. It became an overly elitist mess like that other user was saying due to excessive meta.
Besides, is the old guard better?Aside from nostalgia, they used to DJ a lot so there was more variety. Even today you have some staff members who are dearly missed but that just might be nostalgia.
And half of the discussion will be about how to get the damned system to work.You got what you asked for with meta but the system doesn't exist out of nowhere. It's almost unavoidable and definitely causes useless ego growth. Anon culture is really hard and only had a chance of surviving before due to the network not being that important.
Textboard users don't mind waiting a week for a reply.I wouldn't generalise and depend on that.